We start by taking the ancient Roman road Cassia towards the famous Brunello wine hill and arrive to Montalcino, the hill-town that gives its name to the region and its wines. Here you have the opportunity of climbing the walls of the fortress where the brave soldiers of the Republic of Siena made its last stand to Florence and the Medici. Spend time visiting the towns stores, tasting the Brunello wines in the many wine bars or simply wander around the city walls and enjoying the incredible views overlooking the valleys and vineyards below.
After our visit to the town of Montalcino, meet with your hiking guide for a 6 kilometer, 2 hour hike along a beautiful panoramic walking path that will bring us to the Sant Antimo Abbey. A stunning ancient mystical Benedictine abbey, a special place set in fabulous landscapes which permeate peace and tranquility, truly one of the main wonders of Tuscany.
After the hike meet up with the group and arrive to a family run winery where we are introduced to the owners and winemakers, here we visit the farm before sitting down to enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal accompanied by the delicious Brunello wines produced here. It could occur that the farm for some reason is unavailable on the day. In this case we will enjoy our traditional Tuscan meal in a characteristic and good trattoria.
In the afternoon we visit a second winery where we get a detailed description of the wine making processes, learn about the tools used, the way the vines are cared for and the aging in oak barrels that this wine must have by law for many years. After visiting the cellars and getting to know the winemakers we sit down for a last tasting of this nectar of the gods.
Of the 230 such wineries of the area we normally choose to visit medium and small sized wineries as we believe that they make more characteristic artisanal wines, that are harder to find and, to us, more complex and interesting than the mass produced wines of the large wineries.
Tour of wine cellars
Visit to Montalcino
6km Hike to Sant Antimo and Visit of Abbey
Personal and laid back tour and chance of making new friends
No rushed schedule
Small group of maximum 8 people
Brunello wine tastings
Relaxed lunch at a family run winery
Round trip transportation with Guide in air conditioned minivan